What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy in the feet can occur when the peripheral nerves in the body become damaged. Nerves in the feet are the furthest away from the central nervous system, meaning that they show some of the most severe effects of the condition. Some of the most common symptoms of foot neuropathy from our New York, NY patients include:
- The feeling of pins and needles in the feet
- Abnormal sensations
- Burning sensations
- Electric shocks
- Itchy and crawling skin
If you want to learn more about how our office can help with foot neuropathy prevention and treatment, please contact Millenium Podiatry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Suzanne Levine.
"Dr. Levine and staff are absolutely amazing. I had several consultations with other podiatrists, none came close Dr. Levine or Dr. Ryan. Both do meticulous work. I had very painful bunions on both feet, Dr. Levine removed both and I barely have scars (seriously!). Kind, compassionate, and TOP in her field. My sister suffers from the same (painful bunions), and she lives over an hour and half outside NYC but she will ONLY see Dr. Levine for her surgery. I highly recommend 100%!!!"- Deb G / Google / Dec 10, 2020
"Dr. Suzanne Levine and her team are the best! I had a bad infection on my toe that looked dreadful. Dr. Levine treated it with a laser that was gentle, quick, and effective. After two treatments, my toe looked 100% better! I would definitely trust them with any foot issues in the future"- Jeffrey Greenstein / Google / Nov 20, 2020
"Dr. Levine and her team are real top professionals in the field of podiatry. I came here because of a misdiagnosed foot problem. Dr Levine identified the issue immediately. Also the office is state of the art and supper efficient!"- Kim Opiatowski / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"Dr. Levine, Dr. Ryan and the team at Institute Beauté provided the best podiatry services and overall healthcare experience I have ever received. From my initial consultation through both of my foot surgeries and follow-ups, I have had every question answered, every treatment clearly and patiently explained to me and am treated like family during every visit. Dr. Levine is at the top of her field and introduced me to innovative procedures that were able to correct foot problems I formerly thought I would struggle with forever. Correcting my foot pain has changed my life and I could not recommend Dr. Levine and her team highly enough."- Rebecca Schlacter / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"I knew from my consultation with Dr. Ryan that I was in great hands at Dr Levine's practice. He answered all my questions, putting any concerns at ease, educating and assuring me on problems and solutions. We were on the same page when I left the office and I felt confident to book the operations. I was treated for multiple ailments including bunions, flat feet, and crooked toes. Within a month, I can feel the difference in my arch and even the way I walk, not to mention how much better they look. The office is aesthetically glamorous, it gives me great vibes, and the girls at the desk are so sweet and accommodating. This is the place to go if you have any concerns about your feet!"- Brittany Beckett / Google / Nov 17, 2020
What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
The most common cause of foot neuropathy is diabetes, but other causes include autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, viral and bacterial infections, inherited diseases, tumors, and thyroid conditions. Additionally, while people of all ages may experience peripheral neuropathy, being over 50 with a vitamin B deficiency is a particularly strong risk factor for developing the condition. Research estimates that 8 – 10% of individuals aged 50 or over have some form of peripheral neuropathy.
How Can I Prevent Peripheral Neuropathy?
Some of the best ways to prevent peripheral neuropathy include managing weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and working with a doctor to manage chronic conditions like diabetes. At Millennium Podiatry in New York, NY, we can help with several stages of peripheral neuropathy, such as controlling the risk factors, delaying its onset, and using laser treatment to alleviate its symptoms. Our office also utilizes preventive approaches that can help you avoid early or severe onset of peripheral neuropathy.
How Is Peripheral Neuropathy Treated?
The optimal treatment for peripheral neuropathy at Millennium Podiatry may depend on the condition's cause. For example, if your foot neuropathy is caused by diabetes, Dr. Levine and our team may want to ensure that your diabetes is under control before pursuing any further treatments. However, for qualified patients, we offer laser neuropathy treatment.
After Dr. Levine confirms that your neuropathy and overall condition are appropriate for laser therapy, you will be seated in a comfortable place, and the area of the foot affected by neuropathy will then be exposed. The doctor uses a handheld device that emits a specific wavelength of light. The device is placed over the affected area, delivering low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to the skin and underlying tissues. The photons from the laser penetrate the skin, stimulating cellular metabolism and promoting tissue repair and regeneration. Each session typically lasts between 5 to 20 minutes, depending on your exact treatment plan. Multiple sessions might be necessary to achieve the desired relief, and these are usually spread out over several weeks.
Peripheral neuropathy affects the feet of millions of Americans, with countless others at risk of developing nerve damage in the feet. At Millennium Podiatry in New York, we can help manage the causes of your neuropathy and treat it with a state-of-the-art laser platform. If you think you might be at risk for foot neuropathy or are interested in managing the condition more successfully, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Levine.